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Bush Calls Out the Dems
Power Line ^ | June 21, 2008 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 06/22/2008 8:47:45 AM PDT by Uncle Ralph

In his radio address [Saturday] morning, President Bush went after the Democrats on energy:

The fundamental problem behind high gas prices is that the supply of oil has not kept up with the rising demand across the world. One obvious solution is for America to increase our domestic oil production. So my Administration has repeatedly called on Congress to open access to new oil exploration here in the United States. Unfortunately, Democrats on Capitol Hill have rejected virtually every proposal. Now Americans are paying the price at the pump for this obstruction. So this week, I asked Democratic congressional leaders to take the side of working families and small businesses and farmers and ranchers and move forward with four steps to expand American oil and gasoline production.

Bush pressed the Dems to open up the Outer Continental Shelf, then added this:

There's also an executive prohibition on exploration in the OCS, which I will lift when Congress lifts the legislative ban.

The President went on to talk about shale oil development in the Rockies:

Second, we should expand American oil production by tapping into the extraordinary potential of oil shale. ... One major deposit in the Rocky Mountain West alone would equal current annual oil imports for more than a hundred years. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are standing in the way of further development. In last year's omnibus spending bill, Democratic leaders inserted a provision blocking oil shale leasing on Federal lands. That provision can be taken out as easily as it was slipped in -- and Congress should do so immediately.

Next was ANWR, which can be exploited with "virtually no impact on the land or local wildlife." Finally, refining capacity:

It has been 30 years since a new refinery was built in our Nation, and lawsuits and red tape have made it extremely costly to expand or modify existing refineries. The result is that America now imports millions of barrels of fully refined gasoline from abroad. This imposes needless costs on American families and drivers. It deprives American workers of good jobs.

Finally, Bush laid the problem once again at the Dems' door:

I know Democratic leaders have opposed some of these policies in the past. Now that their opposition has helped drive gas prices to record levels, I ask them to reconsider their positions. If congressional leaders leave for the Fourth of July recess without taking action, they will need to explain why $4-a-gallon gasoline is not enough incentive for them to act.

Excellent stuff. We need to do this every single day.


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1 posted on 06/22/2008 8:47:46 AM PDT by Uncle Ralph
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To: Uncle Ralph

Nice to see that W has dispensed with that “new tone” crapola. Unfortunately, it took him nearly 8 years to do it.


2 posted on 06/22/2008 8:55:00 AM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: Uncle Ralph

Hammer time!

although there are Republicans who are complicit in the obstruction also. When there was a Republican Majority in congress, energy legislation should not have been a problem.
RIGHT???

The high cost of gasoline and heat is a consumer driven problem affecting ALL Americans. We have the numbers to speak up and be noticed. But apparantly the price of gasoline isn’t high enough to bother anyone but the poor. And the poor class is the ones the Democrats champion and embrace, and always consider as most important to the survival of America. /sarc


3 posted on 06/22/2008 8:57:05 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: KingSnorky

Unfortunately too...President Bush’s weekly radio address on Saturday isn’t heard...nor is it covered significantly.

Wake me up when he nails the RATS in a nationally televised press conference.

He should have been going after them on this in each of his last 7 SOTU speeches....not 150 days before the election.


4 posted on 06/22/2008 9:01:14 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: KingSnorky
Nice to see that W has dispensed with that “new tone” crapola

Fortunately just in time for the 08 election and on an issue that will kill the dems if they keep going in their historic direction......as they likely will.

5 posted on 06/22/2008 9:01:15 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Drill drill drill for oil offshore and on land merrily merrily merrily merrily environuts be damned)
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To: o_zarkman44

Nah, they’ll benefit from the needy poor. They can set themselves up as heroes when they propose mailing checks to them for covering gas expenses, or some other stupid idea.


6 posted on 06/22/2008 9:06:39 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we're still retarded.)
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To: Uncle Ralph

He should make an emergency proclamation tonight at 7:00 pm. He has the bully pulpit.


7 posted on 06/22/2008 9:07:27 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: ovrtaxt

Thats exactly what I mean. DemoRats only want to help the poor because without dependency they have nothing else to offer America.


8 posted on 06/22/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: KingSnorky
"Nice to see that W has dispensed with that “new tone” crapola. Unfortunately, it took him nearly 8 years to do it."

Righto. If we didn't know better one would think Clinton was still President.

9 posted on 06/22/2008 9:12:22 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: HerrBlucher

I agree. If Bush, McCain and congressional Republicans stay on the same page and relentlessly attack the Dims on this issue, the GOP’s fortunes may vastly improve by November.


10 posted on 06/22/2008 9:18:58 AM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: Uncle Ralph
We should do everything we can to make this the pivotal issue in the coming election. It can be a big winner for the 'pubbies if McCain can change his mind on drilling ANWR. He should visit there, and come home to announce his change of heart.

The principal objection the left has to drilling the Continental Shelf seems to be that we might "spill it", we should be quick to point out that there were some 700 derricks in the gulf that were disabled by Katrina, and not one drop was spilled.

11 posted on 06/22/2008 9:24:09 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Uncle Ralph
Excellent stuff. We need to do this every single day.

This will be the end of it. The GOP and RNC are incredibly lazy and spineless.

They're stuck on "reaching across the aisle," and group hugs; and then get smacked every time. These Republicans are slow learners...

12 posted on 06/22/2008 9:34:08 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Uncle Ralph
Too bad he didn't strap on his six-shooters, saddle up his horse, and come out guns a blazin' 7 years ago. The Repubs ought to be POUNDING the 'rats on doing whatever it takes to become fossil fuel independent NOW as a National Security issue. It is unacceptable that America is not in charge of her own destiny and that countries who are most certainly not our friends have us well and truly 'over a barrel'. Bottom line, despite all the Dem's empty bloviating about suing OPEC or putting pressure on OPEC, it's THEIR oil and they can and are invoking the 'Golden Rule': he who has the (black) gold makes the rules. One of the attendees at the OPEC summit was saying that America, at $4 a gal. is not paying enough for gas in comparison to what other countries like Europe are paying. He then suggested that at $4 a gal, the price is still too low to invoke 'conservation'. It is breathtakingly negligent and monumentally stupid for our country's so-called leaders to ignore a National Security crisis of this magnitude .... and even worse for 'we the people' to allow them to get away with it.
13 posted on 06/22/2008 9:35:05 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (God will be the ultimate judge ............ but sometimes you can just smell the sulphur.)
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To: DCPatriot
Wake me up when he nails the RATS in a nationally televised press conference.

Which he could do. Reagan did it every week. The Mumbler is afraid to put down the gauntlet and smack the liberals.

14 posted on 06/22/2008 9:36:58 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: I got the rope
He has the bully pulpit.

President Bush:
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"What's a bully pulpit"

15 posted on 06/22/2008 9:40:00 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Uncle Ralph

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/20638319.html?index=1&c=y
Newly elected Dem/LA supports drilling


16 posted on 06/22/2008 9:50:06 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ('GOP' : Get Our Petroleum)
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To: Cobra64

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_pulpit


17 posted on 06/22/2008 9:58:52 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: Uncle Ralph

“There’s also an executive prohibition on exploration in the OCS, which I will lift when Congress lifts the legislative ban.”

the democrats already challenged him on that, why oh why does he not simply remove the executive prohibition?


18 posted on 06/22/2008 10:07:42 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: pennboricua
the democrats already challenged him on that, why oh why does he not simply remove the executive prohibition?

The drill stem is laying at his feet he can either, get it set upright and turning right or trip over it.

19 posted on 06/22/2008 10:28:46 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: wayoverontheright
I fully agree, this is THE issue to hammer the Dems with 24/7. A winner for Republicans in a coordinated media buy and blitz on the talk shows and media.

Develop simple, to the point and coherent talking points and hammer it and then hammer it some more.

And for God sake, stop looking at losing this fall as a foregone conclusion.

20 posted on 06/22/2008 10:50:33 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: wayoverontheright

Oil “spills” come from from oil tankers used to import oil to our shores from far away oil producing nations... Not from drilling rigs!

Take a look at the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi coasts... The beaches are as pristine as Florida beaches, and you can see the drilling platforms on the horizon...


21 posted on 06/22/2008 11:16:47 AM PDT by Texigan
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To: wayoverontheright
The principal objection the left has to drilling the Continental Shelf seems to be that we might "spill it", we should be quick to point out that there were some 700 derricks in the gulf that were disabled by Katrina, and not one drop was spilled.

Unnecessary fabrication.

Katrina Oil Spills May Be Among Worst on Record

The oil pollution in the wake of Hurricane Katrina could be among the worst recorded in North America, officials trying to coordinate the clean-up say. The US coastguard, which is responsible for the marine environment, said yesterday more than 6.5 million gallons of crude oil had been spilt in at least seven major incidents. The previous worst spill in US waters was the 11m gallons in Alaskan waters from the Exxon Valdez in 1989.

“This is a major event,” said Lieutenant Colonel Glynn Smith of the coastguard in New Orleans. “Things are going well, but three-quarters of the oil from the spills has not yet been recovered.”

The figure does not include petrol and oil spilt from up to 250,000 cars which have been submerged, or that spilt from hundreds of petrol stations. The coastguard says it has received almost 400 reports of spills, the vast majority of which have not been assessed.

A CG CPO told me that it is lilely over 10 million gallons spilled.

22 posted on 06/22/2008 2:00:29 PM PDT by KDD (Bob Barr for President.)
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To: Texigan
Take a look at the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi coasts... The beaches are as pristine as Florida beaches, and you can see the drilling platforms on the horizon

I have...and they are not even close...Fl. East Coast Beachs, Maybe.

23 posted on 06/22/2008 2:05:00 PM PDT by KDD (Bob Barr for President.)
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To: Cobra64

It’s disrespectful to call him names and I’m sure you don’t want to do that.

He’s kept our asses safe for 7 years.
He’s liberated 50 million people.
He’s killed lotsa bad guys.
We’ve had the biggest economic expansion in our nation’s history.
We’ve had a virtual full employment of the populace...carrying over 25 million illegal immigrants in the process.

Gimme a break.

I’d follow George W. Bush on the battlefield.

Tell me who you like instead?


24 posted on 06/22/2008 3:17:54 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Uncle Ralph

Executive order to open drilling now.


25 posted on 06/22/2008 3:21:58 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: KDD
Where do the authors of the Guardian article say that any of the spill they're writing about came from any of the derricks in the gulf?

Whereas the authors of this piece think the U.S. Coast Guard has lieutenant colonels, and that "Coast Guard" is spelled "coastguard", why should I have any confidence in the veracity of any part of the article offered in rebuttal?

26 posted on 06/22/2008 5:38:29 PM PDT by Uncle Ralph
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To: Texigan

I wasn’t addressing the color of the sand... just pointing out that the beaches aren’t polluted by oil spills in spite of the drilling platforms only a few miles out...


27 posted on 06/22/2008 5:51:03 PM PDT by Texigan
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To: DCPatriot
Tell me who you like instead?

Uhmmm.... a Conservative? Seriously, I have tremendous respect for the man. I am disappointed that he rolls over on just about every entitlement spending bill put before him. He didn't find his veto pen until about a year ago.

He should have been smacking Pelosi, Kennedy, Kerry, Murtha, Feinstein, Boxer, and the rest.

His communication skills are horrible.

28 posted on 06/22/2008 6:58:20 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Uncle Ralph
TECHNICAL REPORT
MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE
PIPELINE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
REPORT NO. 448 14183

124 spills were reported with a total volume of roughly 17,700 barrels of total petroleum products, of which about 13,200 barrels were crude oil and condensate from platforms, rigs and pipelines, and 4,500 barrels were refined products from platforms and rigs. Pipelines were accountable for 72 spills totaling about 7,300 barrels of crude oil and condensate spilled into the [Gulf of Mexico]. Response and recovery efforts kept the impacts to a minimum with no onshore impacts from these spill events.

Most of the rest came from refineries onshore..

One point to consider...although all the rigs shut down pumping in advance of the storm, they did not purge the oil from the lines on the sea-floor. Remember the reports of floating rigs in the Gulf them having come unmoored? Think about it.

29 posted on 06/22/2008 8:46:55 PM PDT by KDD (Bob Barr for President.)
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